General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

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"General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934" (NARA T288) The collection relates to service between 1861 and 1916. This index is similar to the "Organization Index". It is arranged in a different format, however. The index is arranged by the veteran’s or widow’s name and his unit, rank, date and application number, certificate number if accepted, and state of filing.

The pension files that this index and the "Organizational Index" refer to have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. You can order copies from the National Archives. The archives staff will copy only selected documents unless you specifically request copies of all the documents in the file.

Content of the Records:

  • Name
  • Name of dependent (widow or child)
  • Service (often company and regiment)
  • Date of application filing
  • Application number
  • Certificate number (if pension was approved)
  • State where application was filed
  • Attorneys name
  • Remarks


A wiki article describing the above online collection is found at:


See also